About ME:

My name is Emily Saenz - like "signs" if you were finding it tricky. (Most people do!)

Q: HOW DID YOU GET INTO PHOTOGRAPHY?

Growing up, I always took multiple disposable cameras to camp and would beg to have the pictures developed right when I got home. From very early on, I had this obsession with making & capturing memories. I've always loved having a camera with me, long before i realized not everyone made sure they had one at all times. (Long before everyone we had cameras on iphones.)

With the eye-opening insights of Shannon Leith, I learned early on in my photo-taking journey that no matter what camera you hold in your hands - or if you're holding one at all - we've all been given eyes to see the beautiful world out there. Seeing is what it’s all about. 

I want to be someone who sees. who sees beauty. who sees people. who sees light. with eyes wide open, I want to keep falling more in love with life, and I want to capture what I see in the world around me. 

I'm passionate about documenting life as authentically as possible and a firm believer that photos help us appreciate the life we've been given. I've heard it said, “We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.”

i believe there are important stories to be told everywhere. and while there are notable occassions we all have agreed are the big ones, i love capturing the everyday as well. So whether it's your wedding you want captured or a random tuesday with your family, i'm game.

Q: WHY THE ILLUMINATE?

I think of it likE: "Emily, Illuminate" - like IT'S a reminder of what i'm here on earth to do. "Emily, Be light & Shine light."

My desire to illuminate comes from believing that all the goodness photographs display can point us to something far more beautiful. Someone, actually. I believe they give us glimpses into the creativity and love of God and display his desire to make stunning things. Photos can remind us of how He's held onto us, provided for us, guided us. They help us see details in our lives and in the world that God deeply cares about. 

Photographs have always served as a reminder to me of milestones, memories, and connections. They exist as a spotlight on things like my 6th birthday at McDonalds, the start of an internship with Lauren Scotti, my long-awaited trip to Japan and my wedding day. I want to provide you with photographs that do the same: that illuminate meaningful moments and significant seasons in your life.

Q: ASIDE FROM TAKING PICTURES, WHAT ARE YOU INTO?

I'm into Jesus, my loving & quirky husband, our food blog @foodlyweds, my family, ALMOND MILK LATTES, FRIENDLY BARISTAS, POP PUNK, the rain, musicals (Hamilton & DEAR EVAN HANSEN), good harmonies, collecting mugs, driving, eating ginger, being in coffee shops, chasing the sunset, meeting new people, wearing stripes, putting lemon pepper on everything, and being in airports.